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    Don't forget to figure in a decent monopod or tripod and perhaps used rails. real macro focusing comes with slight movements of the camera
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    I i try to make rlly close macro shots, i usually move the subject :P, it's easier to move a small pot of pygmies then a camera on a big tripod.
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    The problem with the Canon lens is that it is only 0.5x magnification. In order to get it to 1:1 you need to either buy the 1x adapter, extension tubes or close up lenses. The 1x adapter costs almost as much as the lens itself. If you use either the tubes or the adapter you will lose speed (f stops). Depending on how the lens was designed you may lose optical quality with tubes or lenses. You will also lose working distance. You may lose automation (metering, stop down etc.) with the tubes.

    Working distance is the distance from the front of the lens to the subject. This is important in macro photography for nature. The more distance the less likely are you to startle living subjects. The more distance you have the more control you have over lighting. It's all about lighting photographers will tell you.
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    Most macro shooters don't use a tripod. Tripods are too limiting especially when you're trying to get just that perfect angle for shooting plants or chasing down bugs. Learn to shoot handheld, takes a lot of practice, but you'll get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry View Post
    Most macro shooters don't use a tripod. Tripods are too limiting especially when you're trying to get just that perfect angle for shooting plants or chasing down bugs. Learn to shoot handheld, takes a lot of practice, but you'll get it.
    OMG I swear I get like 10...rozmazane (translates to blurry from Czech?) macro photos for every 1 good one I manage to nab. It really helps to have good bright light to get a sharp focus (that's why all my pics are ideally taken in full sun).

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry View Post
    Most macro shooters don't use a tripod. Tripods are too limiting especially when you're trying to get just that perfect angle for shooting plants or chasing down bugs. Learn to shoot handheld, takes a lot of practice, but you'll get it.

    Tripods are fine when making pics of CP's
    A big flash and open aperture also helps a lot.
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